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Wine and Cheese? Yes please! If you like either or both then head over to Teignmouth where you will find The Wine and Cheese Loft Delicatessen Café.
Since opening in October last year, young couple Andrew and Anna have been sharing their skills and knowledge about the worlds of cheese and wine with their customers (their certificates are displayed proudly on the wall). Having travelled the world and following years of working in London, they’ve moved to Devon to set up their own Delicatessen Café. Not just a Café where you can call in for tea, coffee, cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner on a Friday and Saturday evening – you can also pop into The Wine and Cheese Loft to get a recommendation for a fine bottle of wine to buy for your dinner party and a selection of cheeses to follow the dessert. You can also pick up local produce you would expect to find in a deli, a lot of it from local producers.
The Wine and Cheese Loft has also hosted recent Pop Up events with Luke Fearon of Devon Food Movement and is also hosting an event with River Cottage Chef Tim Maddams at the beginning of April.
During our lunchtime visit, we were able to sample the lunch menu and try a selection of cheeses. On offer are toasted sandwiches made with fresh sourdough from Paignton. Included in the Light Bites option are Soup of the Day, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Smashed Avocado Toast, Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg. You need to check out the Chefs Specials on the blackboard which change daily.
This looked really inviting and we liked the sound of everything on offer. My lunch buddy chose the Grilled Halloumi with Avocado and Poached Egg on Toast. The crunchy toasted sourdough broke through the soft textures of the avocado and the perfectly poached egg, which hit the spot as she had missed breakfast.
I ordered the Pan Fried Chicken with Chorizo, Peppers and Spicy Potatoes. This was a colourful plate of food and the punchy pepper & chorizo sauce accompanying the chicken momentarily took me to Spain. The potatoes were delicious and I could have eaten a whole bowl of those.
Time for cheese and what a selection there is! You can choose a cheeseboard with three or five cheeses. PYO from the well stocked Deli counter yourself if you wish, but we handed over to Andrew the expert to choose our two cheese boards and accompanying glass of wine.
The first board arrived with Sharpham Brie, Welsh Perl Wen (similar to a Brie, but really creamy with a citrus flavour), Rougette Bavarian Red (extremely creamy and buttery with a washed rind of paprika) with two different pots of chutney, crackers and olives. The white wine Andrew recommended was excellent. We liked all of the cheeses, Sharpham remains one of my favourites, but we both particularly liked the Welsh one, which I ended up buying a piece to take home.
The second board had Colston Bassett (the King of Stilton in my books), Red Windsor (a firm cheese with port and brandy through it) and Beenleigh Blue (a strong Sheep’s cheese). A red Lebanese wine Andrew said would go well with these which it certainly did. In fact my friend enjoyed it so much she bought a bottle for her hubby as well as a jar of chutney. You could combine cheese with charcuterie which would make a great sharing board and a wonderful way to spend an evening, or lunchtime, with friends drinking wine. Or if you’re a fan of gin, they have a large selection of Gins too!
The Café has a cosy feel, it’s lovely and light inside. You can look out into the street, glance at the lovely selection of delicatessen products, peer at what is in the deli counter and watch what’s going on in the kitchen while you sit, relax and enjoy your time there, and that’s what we did. We’re heading back with our husbands and friends as we know they will enjoy a visit here, maybe for an evening, even if it’s just for the great tasting cheeses and wonderful wines.
Tuesday – Thursday: 9.30am – 4pm
Friday & Saturday: 9.30am – 9pm
Monthly Sunday Roast Lunches – see website for details
Hot food is served until 2.30pm but you can still have a cheeseboard, drink or purchase products from the deli until closing time. If you wish to have lunch or dinner it’s best to book.
Next Pop Up event: Thursday 4th April guest chef Tim Maddams from River Cottage
£45 per ticket.